Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Plans

Summer has arrived!  It has been pretty great so far, with sleeping in, visiting out local coffee house's garage sale, going to Polish Fest, and having ice cream.  Here is our summer plans:


  • 3 weddings
  • 2 baby showers
  • 3 birthday parties
  • Take Julian to his first baseball game
  • Spend a week at my mom's
  • Jazzfest
  • New York State Fair
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Red House
  • Miscellaneous other local fairs and festivals
  • A weekend in Massachusetts
  • A weekend in Detroit
  • A trip on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad
  • GRIP on the Road Polish Genealogy Course
  • Research in Buffalo and maybe Niagara Falls and Southern Ontario
  • Visit the graves of my husband's great grandparents here in Syracuse
I also want to take Julian for a walk most nights after work, go to the park often, and try to make it to the local splash pad.  I have monthly book clubs, an exciting presentation related to work, and a lot of cleaning/organizing/selling no longer needed stuff plans.

It's going to be a busy summer, but also lots of fun!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Motivational Monday: Conferences

I adore conferences.  I've attended conferences for libraries, genealogy, Phi Theta Kappa, tourism management, and different church things, particularly when I was younger.  I've also planned a few conferences in my day and continue to work on committees for program planning and local arrangements.

The energy and new ideas always make me excited and motivated to work harder and try new things.  For the first time, I get to be the keynote speaker at a conference today, and, I hope, motivate and excite others on customer service within libraries.

If you're interested, you can see my slides for the Library Management Institute below.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Motivation Monday: June

 Goals and plans for June.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday: Medieval Astronomical Clocks

Wanderlust Wednesday: Places I've Been, Places I'm Going and Places I Want to See

Rostock, Germany
I recently saw an article on medieval astronomical clocks throughout Europe.  I have been lucky enough to visit two of the clocks listed in the article, those in Prague, Czech Republic and in Rostock, Germany.  It is amazing to me what people were able to build over 1000 years ago.  I will be going to France next year and hope to visit a few more of these.

Monday, June 2, 2014

And Then He Was One

Dear Julian,

I'm not sure how it happened, but you're 1!  Beyond a doubt this was the fastest and best year of my life.

One means pulling up on everything and cruising everywhere.  One is play dates at the park, banging things together to make noise, and instigating games of peek-a-boo with a huge grin on your face.  One is mimicking words, giving high fives, and going for long walks with daddy.  One is playing at daycare, helping turn the pages of books, and reaching up for mommy.  One is happiness, exploration, and curiosity.

In your first year you visited Canada, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  There were many, many trips to Buffalo to see my side of the family, plus most Friday nights seeing Hama, Papa, and Kelly.  You have been to museums, mommy and me yoga, an olive oil tasting, coffee houses, two poster sessions, and a family reunion.  You even made the cover on a local parenting magazine with your birthday buddy.

You aren't a fan of grass, most meat, and bath time.  You love saag paneer, "flying" with daddy, and your Laugh & Learn Stride-to-Ride Puppy.  I think for your birthday you really wanted a working cell phone, real keys, and an all-access pass to the doors we keep closed around you, mainly the bathroom and refrigerator.

At one you are 18 pounds, 10 ounces and 29 inches tall.  You wear 18 month one piece outfits, 12 month two piece outfits, and still fit in 9 month pants.  You have at least 4 teeth, with a couple more on their way up.  You had 3 family birthday parties, plus one at daycare.  You are so very loved by so many people.

It amazes me how much you have changed since you were born and how each stage is better than the next.  Happy birthday, Little Man!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Half Way

I'm not sure when half the year flew by, but we seem to have made it to June already.  I'm doing alright with my goals for the year.  I've got the Julian ones down, am 1 book ahead on reading according to GoodReads, and I think I've hit a new place each month, including visiting Providence for the first time.

I have not kept up with blogging despite my best intentions, so I'm going to try that again for the latter half of 2014.  Jenica posted about #blogJune and I am going to join in.  Not necessarily every day in June, but more days than not.  I miss writing and connecting with others, plus it gives me motivation to work on genealogy and write about libraries and travel.

Here is day 1.  Anyone want to join in?

Back to Basic: July

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